Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life

The Wombats - Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #591 / 717
User Score
Based on 101 ratings
2018 Ratings: #682
February 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Kobalt / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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In the end, you come out feeling a little strange. It's a sad album really, but it's played so triumphantly ... Many of us have dealt with heartache, but it's never been this pleasant before.


Never letting life remove the escapist joy from their sound, The Wombats’ genius is in knowing exactly what they’re best at.


It's as if there is a more aesthetically cohesive, early-'90s psych-pop album hidden inside Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life that the band didn't quite unearth.


There’s nothing groundbreaking here, but little to be ashamed of either. With their streaming numbers on a healthy incline and the venue sizes increasing with each tour, ‘Beautiful People…’ proves that there’s still life in these marsupials yet.

The Skinny

Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is the sound of a band maturing and evolving, having come a long way from their first meeting in Liverpool. Now that they're 15 years and four albums in they know what works, and still have an ear for a catchy melody.


The Wombats have developed a tendency of offering up plenty of album fillers over the years and Beautiful People… is no different.

Spectrum Culture

It’s a Spotify party playlist music for people who like to rock out alone between depression naps.

While I wouldn’t exactly consider this effort to be cohesive, most of the songs when isolated are tasty little nuggets. I especially enjoyed the song, “Lethal Combination” which is a different sort of thing.

All in all, it’s not their best work but there’s enough here to enjoy before they grace us with another gem.
Cheetah Tongue [94]
Lemon to a Knife Fight [96]
Turn [77]
Black Flamingo [88]
White Eyes [84]
Lethal Combination [72] (-)
Out of My Head [92]
I Only Wear Black [80]
Ice Cream [92]
Dip You in Honey [86]
I Don't Know Why I Like You But I Do [75]

Top 5:

5. Black Flamingo
4. Out of My Head
3. Ice Cream
2. Cheetah Tongue
1. Lemon To A Knife Fight
I've been a sideline fan of The Wombats for much of their career so far and mainly just been a fan of some of the hit songs but Beautiful People.. turns me into a fully fledged fan.

There are multiple catchy hit songs that are produced in such a positive way, despite having such negative undertones, most of the catchiest parts you will find within the first six songs.
More unremarkable indie pop from the worlds most unremarkable indie pop band in the world. Probably the most solid record they have put out since their career making debut. The songs are ok, rarley rising from that standard. the lyrics are largely mediocre.

Best Track: Lemon to a Knife Fight
This is a great improvement form glitterbug and shows the wombats ability to write pretty catchy stadium tunes, and only that. They are pretty great live and get the crowd moving, but they were nowhere near my fav act at the festival
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Track List

  1. Cheetah Tongue
  2. Lemon to a Knife Fight
  3. Turn
  4. Black Flamingo
  5. White Eyes
  6. Lethal Combination
  7. Out of My Head
  8. I Only Wear Black
  9. Ice Cream
  10. Dip You in Honey
  11. I Don't Know Why I Like You but I Do
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Added on: November 7, 2017